314 East 43rd Street|
Chicago, Illinois 60653
|Owned by||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Platforms||2 Side platforms|
|Opened||August 15, 1892|
|Rebuilt||1976, 1990, 1996|
|Passengers (2017)||318,230 4.6%|
|Rank||129 out of 143|
43rd is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system in the Grand Boulevard community area in Chicago, Illinois, on the Green Line at 314 E 43rd Street, three blocks east of State Street. It opened on August 15, 1892, when the South Side Elevated Railroad extended service south to serve the World Columbian Exposition in 1893.
The original station, designed by Myron H. Church, was a brick building with some Queen Anne-style elements. 43rd is typical of the other South Side Elevated Railroad elevated stations and consists of two side docks covered with tin canopies.
In July 1959, auxiliary exit stairs were added to the station to streamline passenger traffic on the wharves. Similar steps have been laid at the same time in the Indiana and 47th stations which, like 43rd, were busy at peak times.
On April 1, 1974, the main entrance to the station was destroyed by fire, and auxiliary exits were used to keep the station open. Work quickly began on a new entrance and in 1976, the new entrance was inaugurated. Some aspects of the station were very modern at the time, such as the large translucent pothole (more visible today) on the east side of the building, and the name of the station being oversized in the ticket hall.
Unlike the entrance to the station the wooden platforms were still the originals of 1892, they were replaced, in turn, in 1990 during two months of work.
During the renovation of the green line from 1994 to 1996, little work was needed as 43rd station received new painting, the pothole on the wall is filled with bricks to be able to put elevators on the platform and make the station accessible to people with disabilities.
43rd station reopened with the rest of the Green Line on May 12, 1996, without work being finished. On February 27, 1997, the bridge over the platforms opened, thereby finishing the renovation.
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Notes and references
- "More for a Nickel". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 16, 1892. p. 1.
- "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
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